Non-surgical circumcision in Malawi
By Amalawi - Wed Apr 02, 10:41 am
Malawi: The Malawi Government and its partners such as the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) will pilot a non-surgical circumcision procedure to assess the safety and acceptability of the method in the country.
A Senior Medical Doctor for MSF in Nsanje, Joseph Pulvirenti, said that studies suggest that the transmission of HIV among men engaging in heterosexual sex is 60 per cent less in circumcised men.
The new proposed procedure is relatively simple, this can be performed by clinical officers and nurses . It involves placement of a ring device around the foreskin of the manhood and then removal of the device and cutting away the dead foreskin on day seven.
Mr Joseph Pulvirenti explained that the new procedure could address two major concerns reported by men which are fear of pain and lost time from work associated with surgical circumcision.
“Getting this non-surgical circumcision will allow men to get back to work earlier than the surgical one,” he added.
He revealed that if the device is accepted and the study goes as expected, this may largely replace surgical circumcision in adult men because of the ease of doing the procedure and the lack of side effects.
Meanwhile, Medecins Sans Frontiers has embarked on awareness campaign aimed at informing more men about the non-surgical circumcision.